Pack everything up.
Hug family goodbye.
Grab a coffee and oatmeal for the road trip home.
With that document we could mail off our dossier. What is a dossier? It is our entire lives in an envelope. Seriously, everything is in that envelope: birth certificates, marriage license, employment letters, criminal checks, background checks, passport photos, 6 photos of our family, financial statements, medical exams, and our I800A form. Also included is our home study…a typed document consisting of 4 interviews/visits with a social worker, life history, family histories, financial histories, interviews with our kids, parenting styles, beliefs, and just about everything else remotely related to us as individuals and as a family. We have been working for months to be at the point to mail it all off to our agency. Yesterday was the day.
I couldn’t resist adding something ‘me’ to our envelope. Our agency will get our dossier first, so they can throw my cute tape away…but it felt more right to seal it with happy cuteness. After our agency gets a bunch of US seals and such, they will mail it off to China.
It is a big deal. I wanted a family shot with it, but then I looked at my kids. A day of traveling topped with sticky orange chicken. They were a hot mess. I decided to go ‘artsy’ with the shot instead
And just like that it was out of my hands. Strangers would be throwing it in a truck and then a plane and then another truck. People I don’t know will be holding it. People who don’t know how valuable it is will toss it like it is a common everyday piece of mail. If I could have attached a note to it that said “Handle with Care…my child is abroad”….I would have. It is out of my hands. Now I will wait to hear that my agency received it. Then I will wait to hear that they mailed it to China….and then we will wait to see our little one’s face.